The Complete Unedited Romney Fundraising Video

Mother Jones’s David Corn has just posted the complete video of Mitt Romney’s remarks at a May fundraiser, one part of which made news last night.

Here’s Part One:

And, here’s Part Two:

Both parts run a total of just under 50 minutes.

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Comments

  1. So much for protecting your source…

  2. Derrick says:

    @Christopher Bowen: David Corn issued a statement that he discussed the full release with the source and they were ok with it even though they know that their identity might not stay a secret for long.

  3. cd6 says:

    Over at TPM, I saw this:

    In the newly released full Mojo/Romney tapes, about 4 minutes in on tape one, Romney starts to talk about what he refers to as “the Jimmy Carter election”, i.e., 1980. He then goes on to talk about how the hostage crisis and the failed rescue mission Desert One were pervasive issues through the 1980 election. Then at the end he says that “if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

    He has a couple stopped and started sentences and at some points it’s not entirely clear to me what his meaning is. But on this last point he seems to be saying that if a major international crisis erupted he’d do what he could to turn it to political advantage.

    Please take a listen. It’s about four minutes in, on the 1st of the two videos here. What do you make of it?

    I’m at work so haven’t watched the videos myself
    Can anyone verify this? Or have you seen it elsewhere?

    “If a national crisis happens, I will jump all over that for a political advantage” followed by his hamhanded Libya comments… holy crap, mittens.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @cd6:

    “If a national crisis happens, I will jump all over that for a political advantage”

    For the record, as a died in the wool liberal and an avowed Obama supporter in spite of his short comings…. I really don’t have a problem with that. All’s fair in love, war, and politics. Tell me Obama is not using Mitt’s response to the Libya situation against him…..

  5. Anonne says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:
    If Mitt didn’t insert his foot into his mouth, there would be nothing to use.

    I expect candidates to comment on current affairs and indirectly make political hay of it, by calling for specific policies, perhaps. But not the crass way that Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus did.

    Oh and because I can’t resist… that is “dyed in the wool,” not “died in the wool.”

  6. Markey says:

    Fox and the Romney campaign would be spewing spit at crystal meth speed tonight if Obama had a tape of him talking like this leaked out.

  7. gVOR08 says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: We used to say politics ended at the waters edge. Apparently that’s been replaced by IOKIYAR.

  8. mantis says:

    The right has to deceptively cut Obama’s words down to three-second, out-of-context lines to attack him.

    The left releases 50 minutes of unedited honesty from Romney to attack him.

  9. Habbit says:

    @mantis:

    The right has to deceptively cut Obama’s words down to three-second, out-of-context lines to attack him.

    The left releases 50 minutes of unedited honesty from Romney to attack him.

    I’m not sure how this applies, considering there is nothing in these videos actually “attack” worthy. There are other reasons not to support Mitt Romney, but you idiots reaching at his philosophically true statement is not one of them.

  10. anjin-san says:

    Someone needs to tell Hobbit that agreeing with a philosophical statement does not make it “true”…

  11. Habbit says:

    @anjin-san:

    Someone needs to tell Hobbit that agreeing with a philosophical statement does not make it “true”…

    Likewise, anime nerd, just because you disagree with a philosophical statement doesn’t make it untrue.

    If you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat.

    Thus, philosophical. And very much true.

  12. Mr. Replica says:

    I am not sure this is a workable comparison, but I am sure if it is not, someone will tell me.

    For those that think this video is not that big of a deal, either because it’s their candidate that is saying it and so they agree with it, or because they just agree with what Mitt is saying…
    I have a question.

    If Obama was caught on a video such as this, talking to his high roller supporters, and he started talking about how since such a large percentage of republicans/Romney supporters believe that he is a Muslim that he no longer considers them worthy of his time as president/someone running for president…or worthy of the effort to convince them other wise.

    Would you consider that something you would agree with and not hold it against him?

  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @gVOR08:

    We used to say politics ended at the waters edge. Apparently that’s been replaced by IOKIYAR.

    When was the last time Foreign policy was NOT an issue in a Presidential election? I have been on this planet 54 yrs and remember every one since at least ’68 and they ALL argued over it.

    It is OK whoever does it. It’s politics, and it is hardball.

    @Anonne:

    Oh and because I can’t resist… that is “dyed in the wool,” not “died in the wool.”

    HA! Got me… I must have been thinking I will be until I die…. Or at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  14. Franklin says:

    @Habbit: Ahh, so my sister with Down’s Syndrome should die.

    Oh, and retired people who used to work? Also should die.

    Got it, thanks for sharing your “philosophy”.

  15. Habbit says:

    @Franklin:

    @Habbit: Ahh, so my sister with Down’s Syndrome should die.

    Oh, and retired people who used to work? Also should die.

    Got it, thanks for sharing your “philosophy”.

    Your exceptions to the rule are not enough to cue the violins… Grow up.

  16. Paul L. says:

    @mantis:

    The left releases 50 minutes of unedited honesty from Romney to attack him.

    Mother Jones lied about that
    Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update – Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)
    They should have stated that 1-2 minutes missing due to equipment failure when they released the “Full” video.

  17. slimslowslider says:

    @Paul L.:

    Yes! You got ’em Paul!

  18. jukeboxgrad says:

    If you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat.

    Mitt told us himself that he’s “unemployed.” I guess that means he “shouldn’t eat.”

  19. mantis says:

    @Paul L.:

    Mother Jones lied about that
    Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update – Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)
    They should have stated that 1-2 minutes missing due to equipment failure when they released the “Full” video.

    It’s still unedited even if the camera didn’t record everything the man said at the event.

    And in any case, who cares? Or is the right wing now contending that in the gap, Mitt admitted he was just kidding about all that other stuff he said and was about to say?

  20. mantis says:

    @Habbit:

    I’m not sure how this applies, considering there is nothing in these videos actually “attack” worthy.

    If you say so. Obviously, many others disagree.

    There are other reasons not to support Mitt Romney, but you idiots reaching at his philosophically true statement is not one of them.

    This is a philosophical statement?

    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    Which philosophy is that, exactly?

  21. David M says:

    @mantis:

    Which philosophy is that, exactly?

    FYIGM

    It’s definitely a philosophy, although most political candidates don’t go on record with it as their campaign slogan.